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Arabic, Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies CertHE (Part time) 2018 start

  • Overview

    This course is for you if you are looking to study for an Arabic, Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies degree but would benefit from an initial 2 years part-time study providing intensive, well-structured support to enable development of academic skills and knowledge. You will be taught in the supportive environment of the Lifelong Learning Centre by enthusiastic specialists in their field who are keen to extend your knowledge and build your academic confidence. Our student support service offers advice and guidance, academic skills support, welcome events and social events throughout your studies.

    Study will enable you to develop your knowledge and understanding of Islam, Middle Eastern culture and the Arabic language. It will build your academic confidence by concentrating on research, critical thinking, writing and communication skills.

    On successful completion you can progress on to level 2 of a degree in Arabic, Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies at the University of Leeds.

    Is this course for me?

    The CertHE offers a different pathway into higher education and features intensive support to enable you to reach your full potential. It has been designed to fit into your life commitments and is taught one day a week.

    We know that many mature and part-time students face unique challenges, including balancing academic study with family and work commitments. For that reason, the Lifelong Learning Centre provides specialist guidance, advice and support to mature and part-time students, from pre-application right through to graduation and beyond.

    Over the two years of the CertHE, you will take core and optional modules which allow you to broaden your knowledge in a variety of disciplines related to the Islamic tradition and Middle Eastern culture and society. In addition to this, you will be equipped with a wide range of academic skills assisting your personal and professional development.

    Depending on your interests, you can choose to progress on to level 2 of the Islamic Studies BA or Middle Eastern Studies BA taught by the University’s Arabic, Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies (AIMES) department. The course operates as a 2+2 degree meaning you study part-time for the first two years and full time for the remaining two years.

    Alternatively, you could join the year abroad of the Arabic and Islamic Studies BA or Arabic and Middle Eastern Studies BA, where you will have the opportunity to experience the life and culture of an Arabic speaking country. If you choose this pathway you will study part-time for the first two years and full time for the remaining three years.

  • Course content

    The course is designed to encourage you to consider different approaches to complex ethical issues and to reflect upon global and cultural perspectives of Islam and the wider Middle East. In year one, you will study introductory modules in Arabic and Middle Eastern religions along with personal and academic skills modules. In year 2 the compulsory and optional modules you take will depend on your intended progression route, your tutor will be able to advise you further on this.

    All of our students acquire basic Arabic language skills in their first year. Provision is available for students wishing to further their language skills through the delivery of advanced language modules in the second year of study, especially for those wishing to progress onto degrees with a strong Arabic component

    On successful completion of the Cert HE you could progress onto level 2 of the following degrees in the Arabic, Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies department at the University of Leeds:

    Course structure

    These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.

    Year 1

    Compulsory modules

    • Introduction to Personal Development and Academic Skills 15 credits
    • Beginners Arabic 5 credits
    • Key Texts in Middle Eastern Religions 20 credits
    • Beginners Arabic 1 15 credits
    • Studying in a Digital Age (Lifelong Learning) 5 credits

    Year 2

    Compulsory modules

    • Islamic History and Civilisation 20 credits

    Optional modules

    • Introduction to the Middle East: Politics, Culture and Religion 20 credits
    • Islam in Western Societies 10 credits
    • Women, Culture and Islam 10 credits
    • Introduction to Islam 20 credits
    • Arabic 2 20 credits
    • Intermediate Arabic 20 credits
    • Introduction into Islamic Philosophy 10 credits
    • Political Islam: Past and Present 10 credits
    • Islamic Law in Practice 20 credits

    For more information on typical modules, read Arabic, Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies CertHE in the course catalogue

    Broadening your academic horizons

    At Leeds we want you to benefit from the depth and breadth of the University's expertise, to prepare you for success in an ever-changing and challenging world. On this course you broaden your learning through core and/or optional modules. Find out more on the Broadening webpages.

  • Entry requirements, fees and applying

    Entry requirements

    A-level: CCC or equivalent

    GCSE: English and maths grade C/4 or above, or equivalent

    • Access to HE Diploma

      60 credits overall including at least 45 creditsat level 3 of which 25 must be at Merit or above.

    • BTEC

      Merit, Merit, Merit

    Applicant preference criteria

    As well as the academic requirements above, priority is given to applicants who live permanently in the UK and meet at least two of the following:

    • Your permanent address is in a neighbourhood with low progression to higher education.
    • You attended a school which achieved less than the national average of 5 A*-C passes at GCSE.
    • You grew up in public care.
    • The residual income of your household is less than £25,000
    • You will be the first member of your immediate family (excluding older brothers or sisters or your own children) to achieve a degree
    • Your studies have been adversely affected by circumstances in your personal, social or domestic life.

    We actively encourage applications from mature students. Further consideration will be given to the life experience of mature applicants and the circumstances in which they gained prior qualifications.

    Alternative entry

    Alternative Entry Scheme

    If you don't have the required level 3 qualifications you can complete our Alternative Entry Scheme. If you don’t have the required GCSEs, you will also be asked to take tests in English and maths. Contact the Lifelong Learning Centre for more information. If you are a mature student or want to study part-time the Lifelong Learning Centre offers a free, confidential and impartial pre-entry guidance service. Our experienced staff can also talk to you about how you might meet the entry criteria and what support may be available to you.


    We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications. For information contact the Lifelong Learning Centre Admissions Team.

    English language requirements

    IELTS 7.0 overall, with no less than 6.5 in any component. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.

    How to apply

    Apply to this course through the Lifelong Learning Centre.

    We will treat all applications individually. We’ll take into account an applicant’s life experience and the circumstances in which they have gained prior qualifications and encourage you to cover these things in your personal statement. We will interview shortlisted candidates.

    Admissions policy

    Lifelong Learning Centre Undergraduate Admissions Policy


    UK/EU: See fees section below

    International: £2,100 (total)

    For UK and non-UK EU full-time students starting in 2018, the fee for 2018/19 will be £9,250. 

    The fee for undergraduate students starting in 2019 will be confirmed in September 2018.

    The fee may increase in future years of your course in line with inflation, and as permitted by law. For example, the increase of 2.8% in 2017/18 was based on the government’s forecast for the RPI-X measure of inflation.

    The UK government has confirmed that non-UK EU students in 2018-19 will have home fee status and be eligible for UK government student loans. The UK government has not confirmed the situation for future years, so keep checking our website for updates.

    Part-time fees are normally calculated based on the number of credits you study in a year compared to the equivalent full-time course. For example, if you study half the course credits in a year, you will pay half the full-time course fees for that year.

    You will study at 50% intensity (60 credits) each year of your course. Fees for 2018/19 are £4,625 (50% of £9,250). The fee you are charged in future years will be calculated as a proportion of the full-time fee agreed for that year.

    There are no upfront fees to pay. All eligible students are able to borrow the entire cost of tuition fees making study free at the point of entry, with good repayment terms. You are eligible if you are studying for 30+ credits per year on a programme which is at a higher level than any qualification already held. Previous study in Higher Education may affect your eligibility.

    Additional cost information

    There may be additional costs related to your course or programme of study, or related to being a student at the University of Leeds. Read more about additional costs

    Financial support

    If you have the talent and drive, we want you to be able to study with us, whatever your financial circumstances. There is help for students in the form of loans and non-repayable grants from the University and from the government. Find out more in our Undergraduate funding overview.

    Depending on your circumstances, non-repayable financial support is available from the Leeds Financial Support scheme.

  • Career opportunities

    On successful completion of the CertHE you can progress onto a range of degree courses in the Arabic, Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies (AIMES) department. Check the entry for the degree course you wish to progress to for more information about specific career opportunities.

    A qualification from the University of Leeds counts: our graduates are highly valued by employers. When you complete your degree programme you will also become part of a network of highly employable graduates. There is a growing recognition of Arabic, Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies as areas of great important in our multicultural society. A qualification in this field from the University of Leeds opens a wide range of opportunities for career development in a global market.

    Careers support

    We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. That’s one of the reasons Leeds graduates are so sought after by employers.

    Leeds for Life is our unique approach to helping you make the most of University by supporting your academic and personal development. Find out more at the Leeds for Life website.

    The Careers Centre and staff in your faculty provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate.

    The University and the Lifelong Learning Centre provide a range of activities to support LLC students looking to:

    • explore their career options
    • develop or enhance their employability skills
    • gain work or voluntary experience
    • prepare for promotion, review or a role change at work
    • find and apply for jobs

    Find out more about the support available to LLC students and the University’s Careers website.